A goalie, a defenseman and six forwards will join the University of Maine men’s hockey program in the fall.
Shawn Sirman from Sudbury, Ontario will challenge Scott Darling and David Wilson for the starting goaltender job; smooth-skating Nick Pryor from Woodbury, Minnesota will provide some offense from the blue line and forwards Joey Diamond (Long Beach, N.Y.), Robin Bergman (Stockholm, Sweden), Klas Leidermark (Gavle, Sweden), Matt Mangene (Manorville, N.Y.), Kelen Corkum (Newburyport, Mass.) and Adam Shemansky (Robbinsville, N.J.) will fill various roles up front.
Maine coach Tim Whitehead said he is “very pleased” with the class and expects it to make an “immediate positive impact” next year.
He feels Diamond, Notre Dame University transfer Bergman and Leidermark have the potential to play on Maine’s top three lines with all three having the ability to put the puck in the net. Mangene will supply some needed speed, Shemansky will provide grit and Corkum is an all-purpose forward.
Corkum, son of Maine assistant and former Black Bear Bob Corkum, played just 13 games last season due to concussions and hasn’t been cleared by doctors to play yet.
Their coming to Maine is contingent upon their admission to the university and meeting NCAA eligibility requirements.